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Mr. Mac's Class Syllabus/Course Layout

Hello Bray-Doyle Parents and students and welcome to the 2020-2021 school year.  This year has the potential to be a year of firsts for all of us.  I am looking forward to making the very best of whatever we encounter this year.  I am Mr. McPherson and i will be teaching 5th, 6th and 7th science and 6th and 7th STEM/STEAM.  Below is a break down of what we will be covering in my science class this year.  I know that we will make this a great year.  Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns about what i have laid out below.

 

Syllabus for Science

5th Grade

Matter and Interactions

Motion and Stability:  Forces and Interactions

From Molecules to Organisms:  Structure and Processes

Ecosystems:  Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics

Earth’s Place in the Universe

Earth’s Systems

 

6th Grade

Matter and Interactions

Energy

Waves and Their Applications in Technology for Information Transfer

From Molecules to Organisms:  Structure and Processes

Earth’s Place in the Universe

Earth’s Systems

Earth and Human Activity

 

7th Grade

Matter and Interactions

Energy

From Molecules to Organisms:  Structure and Function

Ecosystems:  Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics

Earth and Human Activity

6th -7th STEM/STEAM

We will be continuing our STEM program from last year that included hands on builds and 3-D sketching.  We will also be trying to get up to our new STEM computer lab and exploring all the amazing programs it has to offer.

 

Science Course Layout

Grades will be taken on class participation, daily assignments, and tests.  I try to run the class in a 2-3 week cycle.  Some lessons require us to go a little slower than others and it all depends on how well we are getting the information.  We will work at a pace the benefits the class as a whole.

Day 1:  Engagement Activity.  This is a class discussion or activity to check prior/previous knowledge.(25 pts)

Day 2-4: Power Point Notes/Discussion.  These notes will be hand written into one of the two notebooks required for the class.  These will include graphs, tables and sketches. (50 pts)

Day 5-7:  Station Labs.  These are hands on stations set up around the room used to for Engagement, Exploration, Explanation, Elaboration and Evaluation. (50 pts)

Day 8:  Interactive Notebooks(INB’s).  These are fill in, cut out and glue in activities that reinforce the information from our notes and what we learned in the station labs.  These will go in our second notebook that is required for the class. (50 pts)

Day 9:  Modified Notes.  This is a fill in the blank paper that we do as a class.  This allows us to go over our notes again together and discuss anything that a student might be struggling to understand.  This also serves as a study guide that i ask all students to take home and study for the test.  I also allow this paper to be signed by parent/guardian and brought back to school for 10 bonus points on the test.  The paper must be completed and signed for the points to be awarded.

Day 10:  Test (100 pts)

 

Grading Scale is as Followed: 

100-90 A 

89-80 B 

79-70 C

69-60 D

59- Below NC